Harmony Tenor Sovereign H1201G (circa late-1960s) SOLD

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Maybe it was alt-country chanteuse Neko Case who revived the tenor guitar, or maybe it was rootsy singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, or maybe it was just a good idea whose time has come around (again). No matter how you theorize it, there’s no question that tenor guitars are more prominent in popular music than they have been since . . . well, the beginning of time. We bought this guitar from an old guy who bought it new and took good care of it. He even sewed a custom gig bag from pillowcases, but we wisely retired that in favor of a newer gigbag. Although the fret wear is negligible, there are some signs that the pillowcase gig bag didn’t entirely protect the headstock from paint splatter when the original owner repainted his bedroom (see photo). Tune this like a tenor banjo (cgda) and it produces great retro Dixieland, string band, or mandolin-orchestra sounds; tune it like the top four strings of a guitar it practically demands aggressive upper-register strumming. Spruce top and mahogany back and sides, with a 23” scale length and a 1-1/4” nut width. Ships in newer gigbag. Sold!

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Maybe it was alt-country chanteuse Neko Case who revived the tenor guitar, or maybe it was rootsy singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, or maybe it was just a good idea whose time has come around (again). No matter how you theorize it, there’s no question that tenor guitars are more prominent in popular music than they have been since . . . well, the beginning of time. We bought this guitar from an old guy who bought it new and took good care of it. He even sewed a custom gig bag from pillowcases, but we wisely retired that in favor of a newer gigbag. Although the fret wear is negligible, there are some signs that the pillowcase gig bag didn’t entirely protect the headstock from paint splatter when the original owner repainted his bedroom (see photo). Tune this like a tenor banjo (cgda) and it produces great retro Dixieland, string band, or mandolin-orchestra sounds; tune it like the top four strings of a guitar it practically demands aggressive upper-register strumming. Spruce top and mahogany back and sides, with a 23” scale length and a 1-1/4” nut width. Ships in newer gigbag. Sold!